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Ten Things You Should Know Before Planning a Cruise with Kids

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Melinda Crow

Melinda Crow is the author of four Falcon Guides, including the newest editions of Camping New Mexico and Camping Colorado. Daughter Alyssa traveled with Crow and photographer husband Gary from the age of 3 months. Together they covered more than 30 states and 25 countries, traveling by plane, train, car, and cruise ship.  Crow’s writing, primarily about soft adventure and culinary travel, has appeared in regional and national magazines and online on Travel Pulse, Yahoo Travel, The New York Post, Fox News, and her own website,FirstRead.me. Follow her on Twitter: @MelindaCrow and on Facebook:Melinda Crow Writes.
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Planning a family cruise vacation can seem daunting, especially if you haven’t cruised before. Travel agents who specialize in cruises can be a trusted resource, but even if you have assistance from a professional, there are things you should know before you book that first cruise with kids. 1. You may or may not need … Continue reading Ten Things You Should Know Before Planning a Cruise with Kids

Tips for Travel with Kids of Every Temperament

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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This year our contributors gave recommendations for travel to more than a dozen new destinations, including the U.S. Virgin Islands,  Dallas-Fort Worth,  London, Catalina Island,  Kyoto,  Zion National Park,  Havana, and Philadelphia, just to name a few. If you’re looking for travel inspiration for 2017, remember you can always browse our recommended destinations in the left … Continue reading Tips for Travel with Kids of Every Temperament

Five Travel Laundry Hacks for Families

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Traveling as a family is not to be taken lightly–at least not where the amount of dirty laundry generated in a week may be concerned. Here are some travel laundry hacks to help ease the burden on your family’s next adventure. 1. Bring at least 1 quick-dry outfit for each family member. Whether you’re sink … Continue reading Five Travel Laundry Hacks for Families

Ten DEET-Free Ways to Help Prevent Mosquito Bites

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Zika, West Nile, and Dengue—oh, my! These mosquito-borne illnesses are especially on the minds of family travelers these days. Before grabbing any traditional repellent in your pre-trip shopping frenzy, be aware that different insect repellents contain differing concentrations of DEET—ranging from only 4% up to a whopping 100%. Children should only use formulations created with … Continue reading Ten DEET-Free Ways to Help Prevent Mosquito Bites

Seven Ways to Ease “Re-Entry” After Your Next Family Vacation

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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In a perfect world, every family vacation would end on a Saturday afternoon, with plenty of time to re-calibrate to the time zone, restock the fridge, process vacation laundry, and of course: locate the lunch pails. For us, family vacations typically end with a jet-lagged drive home in the dark and a pile of suitcases … Continue reading Seven Ways to Ease “Re-Entry” After Your Next Family Vacation

Tips for the Day Trip to Dry Tortugas with Kids

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Ready to plan your day trip to Dry Tortugas with kids? Here are some tips gleaned from our own family’s visit, when we rode the ferry from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park. Hope they help smooth the way for a most excellent day. What a special place to visit! If you haven’t done … Continue reading Tips for the Day Trip to Dry Tortugas with Kids

How to pack 1 checked bag for 3 kids (without losing your mind)

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Sure, packing gets easier when you can give each kid a small carry-on bag to lug themselves and pay no checked bag fees. But there are times—like heading to Paris with three kids in winter—when checking a bag costs nothing extra and will greatly simplify matters. Other times, such as a road trip with many … Continue reading How to pack 1 checked bag for 3 kids (without losing your mind)

How to Build a Budget-Friendly Maui Family Vacation

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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With long flights to get there even from the West Coast, and an average daily room rate of $350*, Maui may be one of the last places a budget-minded traveler would think of spending vacation time. And it may seem an especially daunting destination to the frugal traveler with a family in tow. But while … Continue reading How to Build a Budget-Friendly Maui Family Vacation